Nine provinces with no recent confirmed cases of coronavirus have been given the green light to relax quarantine in certain aspects, it was officially confirmed yesterday.
The nine are Entre Ríos, Misiones, Salta, San Juan, Mendoza, Santa Cruz, Neuquén, Jujuy and La Pampa. Private construction projects will be allowed in all nine and such professions as lawyers and accountants will also be allowed to practise in all but Mendoza, Santa Cruz and La Pampa.
Within this new stage of "administered quarantine" ultimately under President Alberto Fernández, governors can clear mayors within these provinces for further degrees of flexibility subject to national approval.
"Each provincial jurisdiction shall issue the regulations necessary for the development of the exempted activity, and may limit its scope to certain geographical areas or municipalities or establish specific requirements for its development,” the presidential decree stated while stressing that governors have the power to partially or totally rescind the measure in accordance with the recommendations of the provincial health authority and in line with the epidemiological evolution of the pandemic.
These provinces were selected because they all have been free of new infections over the last fortnight.
In total, Neuquén has reported 104 positive cases, Mendoza 75, Santa Cruz 41, Entre Ríos 22, Jujuy, La Pampa and Misiones five each, Salta three and San Juan two. Curiously, Catamarca and Formosa do not enter this scheme of relaxing quarantine despite not having reported any confirmed case of coronavirus so far in their territories.
In another decree, the national government added Tucumán to the 11 provinces which were, as of this week, permitted to relax quarantine for tax offices, monetary services such as Rapipagos and Pago Fácil, dentists, opticians and those caring for victims of gender violence, among others.